Personal injuries often change every area of a person’s life.
When you’ve been injured, you face large medical bills, lost time at work, and many other expenses.
Accidents and injuries result in crushing financial instability and emotional stress.
The responsible party should to cover these expenses.
As a victim of a personal injury, you have the right to make a claim for compensation for your injuries and all of your injury-related losses.
PA injury victims are encouraged to call Rosengard Law Group today to speak with a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer.
When you work with a personal injury lawyer in PA, you will get an attorney who is familiar with the law and the insurance industry and who can aggressively representing your case.
SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION with an PA injury attorney to find out how we can make your claim for compensation today. Call 833-323-4448
Different Types of Accidents Our Pennsylvania Personal Injury LAwyers Handle:
Personal injuries can occur at any time to anyone and in any manner. However, there are common categories that most personal injuries fall under.
Car accidents are the most common type of event that leads to personal injury. According to recently released statistics for 2017, an average of 351 car accidents happens daily in Pennsylvania. Sadly, many of these accidents result in at least one person being seriously injured.
Under the category of car accidents, the following types of events are included:
- Multiple Passenger Vehicle Accident
- Single Car Accident
- Trucking or Commercial Vehicle Accident
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Personal Watercraft
- Pedestrian Related Accident
A car accident does not have to result in the total loss of the vehicle to cause catastrophic or life-changing injuries. All vehicular accidents have the potential to cause serious harm and should be treated accordingly.
Premises liability law relate to accidents and injuries that cause harm on a property not belonging to the injury victim.
In many cases, the property where the injury occurred was a commercial property.
Property owners both commercial and private have the responsibility to keep their properties safe for guests, invitees, or customers.
The most common type of premises liability case is a Slip and Fall accident. Slip and fall events can happen because of damaged or dangerous walkways, slippery floors, debris, or other obstructions in the walkway.
Slip and fall injuries can also occur when a person is knocked down by other people on the premises.
Dog bites or animal attacks are the second most common form of premises liability claims.
Pet owners have a responsibility to manage their pets and prevent them from causing harm. If a pet does cause harm, the owner is responsible for the actions in most cases.
Premises liability, however, is not limited to just these two types of events. Other common forms of premises liability include:
- Injuries from falling objects
- Dangerous stairwells, steps, and landing areas
- Escalator and elevator accidents
Properties that are not maintained with the safety of visitors in mind also pose a problem for potential criminal activity.
Poorly lit areas and overgrown shrubbery can create a hiding space for potential criminal activity.
If a visitor to the property is then harmed by a criminal act, the property owner may be held responsible for the injuries.
Work Related Injuries in Pennsylvania
Employers in almost every industry are required to have worker’s compensation insurance policies to protect their employees. These insurance policies are supposed to cover the employee for medical care in the event that they are injured at work. If the employee is out of work for an extended period of time, the policies are also supposed to pay a portion of the employee’s weekly wages until they can return to work.
When the insurance program was first established, it seemed very beneficial to employees. However, the program has not been as “employee-friendly” as it was meant to be when it was established. Many injured employees find themselves facing denials for coverage for their medical care or their wages.
For employees that are approved for medical care, the insurance company often denies forms of treatment because they feel they are too expensive or not really “necessary.” Although your doctor has recommended them, a non-medical professional denies the treatment and recommends that you are sent back to work. Many employees return to work before they are healed completely, and the injuries become worse.
Anyone who has been injured while they are at work is encouraged to speak with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect their rights to receive benefits.
Having an attorney manage your case with the insurer will ensure that you receive all of the medical care and treatment that you are entitled to under PA state law and the terms of the worker’s compensation policy.
Every manufacturer across all industries has an obligation to produce safe products. It does not matter if the item is a component of an item or if it is a consumer good that will be placed in a store for sale. All products must meet safety standards, so they won’t cause harm.
In the event that a product does cause harm when it is being used as intended, the injured victim has the right to sue for compensation for their injuries and losses.
Your PA accident attorney will go through the entire manufacturing process to determine what caused the flaw and who is responsible for this dangerous product. When the fault is determined, a claim for compensation will begin.
When multiple cases are filed against a manufacturer or certain product, the court system often requires that all of these similar cases be combined into a single case. This is known as a class-action lawsuit.
If your defective product injury falls under a class-action lawsuit, your PA personal injury attorney will help you join the class action so, you can make your claim for compensation.
Dangerous foods, food-borne illnesses, or food poisoning all fall under the Defective Product category. However, since foods are handled differently, your Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer will navigate your case a little differently than a typical Defective Product case.
In the event that the food was contaminated as it was being processed, the injuries may fall under a class action lawsuit. If you were a victim of food-borne illness due to purchasing prepared food from a restaurant, deli, grocery store, or similar establishment, your attorney would handle your case on a more localized basis.
Dangerous Medications and Medical Devices
Dangerous medications and defective medical devices are also technically classified under Defective or Dangerous Products. However, there have been so many of these products to hit the market in recent years that many law firms have dedicated attorneys just for these cases.
In most instances, dangerous medications or medical devices will be a part of a class-action lawsuit, but if your injuries that are related to the medication or device are not the same as those in the class-action suit, your Pennsylvania personal injury attorney will file a single case on your behalf against the manufacturer.
Medical malpractice can take many different forms. Some of the ways a patient can be injured by a medical professional are: misdiagnosis, failure to treat a condition, failure to provide the right treatment for a condition, surgical errors, or unsanitary conditions leading to infection.
Malpractice can also include prescribing the wrong medications or types of physical therapy which leads to harm.
Medical malpractice occurs when the care provider “acts outside of the accepted form of treatment” for a medical condition.
Since this definition is very broad and open to interpretation, it is important to contact a PA medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you believe that you have been harmed by a medical professional. Call us today: 833-232-4448
Birth injuries are a form of medical malpractice, but because of the serious nature of these injuries, birth injuries to the infant or mother or both are often placed in their own category.
Birth injuries that occur prior to delivery, during delivery, or right after can have life-long effects on both the mother and the infant.
Injuries to the infant are most often caused by improper use of delivery aiding medical devices. These devices can place undue stress on the infant’s head or shoulders which can lead to many serious conditions.
Damages to the infant’s nerves, muscles, or even brain may occur when these devices are used improperly.
Failure to do a c-section in a timely manner may also harm the infant or mother.
Babies deprived of oxygen can suffer life-long medical conditions, and the mother may experience harm to her reproductive organs that lead to infertility or even death.
Mesothelioma is a serious lung disease that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. This disease can only be caused by asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma takes a significant amount of time to develop in the lungs. Decades can pass between exposure to asbestos and the onset of symptoms, which can make pinpointing the exposure a little more difficult.
This does not mean that victims of asbestos exposure cannot make a claim for compensation. in fact, there are several ways that those diagnosed with Mesothelioma can make a claim for compensation.
If you have been diagnosed with this disease, contact a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your rights to make an asbestos exposure claim.
Burn injuries can happen in any type of accident. You can be burned by fire, hot metal, hot glass, steam, water, chemicals, or hot liquids.
Regardless of what burned the injured victim, these injuries are always serious. Burns are often categorized as catastrophic injuries because of the extensive care needed to make a recovery.
We have dedicated attorneys available to help burn injury victims. We understand that these injuries can change your life and that you need compassionate and aggressive legal representation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Much like burn injuries, a traumatic brain injury can occur in any type of accident. Injuries to the brain can have lasting effects. Scientists are only now discovering how many parts of the brain works, and when the brain is injured, there is often limited medical help for the conditions.
Brain injuries can change everything. Cognitive skills can change, memories can be lost or hard to form, motor skills and bodily functions can change, and personalities can be affected.
Our PA injury attorneys understand that TBI must be handled very carefully, so the injured victim receives all of the care they need and the necessary compensation to help them with continued treatments.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes should be a place for comfort and healing. These care facilities were designed to provide medical care to some of the frailest members of our society.
Facility owners or managers often seek ways to reduce costs, and sadly, this often results in the poor quality of care. Unqualified employees are hired, or the patient to care provider ratio is off-balance. This leads to a lower standard of care for the patients.
Sadly, many of these patients and family members are afraid to speak up about the conditions. They fear a loss of care if they say anything or worse yet, more abuse or neglect.
Many are embarrassed by the fact that they are being abused or neglected in their golden years, so they remain quiet. It is imperative that everyone with a family member in a nursing home facility look for signs of abuse or neglect.
Some forms of neglect that occur in a nursing home include:
- Dehydration or Malnutrition
- Poor Care Leading To Falls and Injuries
- Physical Abuse
- Unsanitary Conditions Leading to Infections and Communicable Diseases
- Bed Sores
- Verbal Abuse and Intimidation
- Financial Abuse
If you believe that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home facility, it is imperative to contact a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney.
We will report the suspected abuse to the correct authorities to begin an investigation. Once the investigation is started, we will then begin the process of making a claim for compensation on behalf of your loved one.
When the injuries from an accident cause the death of the victim, it is considered a “wrongful death” case.
To determine if a wrongful death case exists, your attorney will ask a simple question:
Would the victim have had the right to sue for a personal injury if they survived the accident? If the answer is yes, the death most likely will be considered wrongful.
Dependent family members of the deceased have the right to seek compensation when their loved one dies as the result of a personal injury.
Our attorneys understand that suing for compensation will not relieve the heartache and emotional trauma of losing your loved one, however, compensation can help alleviate the financial strains placed on the family from their loss.
The family members can begin the healing process without having to worry about financial security.
Wrongful death does not have to occur instantly at the scene of the accident. The only legal requirement is that the injuries from the accident are the direct cause of death.
If you believe that your loved one was a victim of wrongful death, you are encouraged to speak with a personal injury lawyer in PA.
How Can A PA Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
When a person is injured in an accident, it is not unusual for the insurance company to make contact with the injured victim. They push for formal statements and try to settle the case immediately in an effort to save their company money.
The insurer will be very aggressive and deceptive. They will act friendly and caring and tell you that you don’t need legal representation. They tell you that they “understand the situation” and that they will do everything to make sure you get a speedy settlement.
The truth is, the faster they settle, the less they have to pay. How can you settle a case in just a few days when the doctors have not even received all of their tests back yet?
Having a PN injury attorney and their legal team represent your case will eliminate this type of nonsense. Your attorney has the knowledge and the resources to make sure that the insurance company acts in YOUR best interest – not their own.
Some of the benefits of having a personal injury attorney in PA provide include:
- Investigate the scene of the accident and speak with any witnesses
- Bring in expert accident reconstruction services, if necessary
- Consult with medical experts for an in depth look at your injuries
- Review documents and all evidence regarding your case and request additional information when necessary
- Work as the liaison between you and the insurance company so that all information is processed in a timely manner
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to achieve a full and fair settlement
What Should I Do To Help My Pennsylvania Personal Injury Case?
During your FREE CONSULTATION, your personal injury lawyer in PA will most likely provide you with a list of things that you should and should not do concerning your case. This will be very individualized based on the type of case you have.
Overall, the following suggestions will benefit everyone, regardless of the type of injury case:
- Go to every medical appointment: If you miss an appointment, refuse medical care or therapies, or do not follow medical care advice, the insurance company will view this as a reason to stop care. In their opinion, you are no longer in need of care if you do not attend your appointments.
- Provide all documentation requests in a timely manner: The legal system has very strict guidelines on when documents must be filed with the court or presented to the other party. If you do not do your part to get this information to the attorney on time, they may miss the deadline, and your case could be closed by the court system.
- Keep an injury journal: Be honest in this journal and document everything from interactions with your medical care provider to how you feel each day. If you have a good day, document it. If you have a bad day, document it, and state why. Keep the information relevant to your accident and injury. You can also keep track of missed time at work and extra expenses associated with the injury.
SOCIAL MEDIA – You want to be very careful with what you say on social media in regard to your accident, injury, treatment, and what you discuss with your attorney. You also need to be very careful about other things that you post in casual conversations. For instance, saying that you would “love to go skiing with your friends.” Seems simple enough. In reality, everyone knows that you are referring to a time in the future when you are healed. However, the insurance company translates this as – NO INJURY. Keep all posts very simple. If possible, refrain from posting at all while your case is active.
How Much Does A Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
From your FREE CASE REVIEW until the moment that the case settles, we will work without asking for a dime. Once you receive your settlement, we get paid – and we only get a paid a percentage of the settlement. This helps our clients get the legal representation they need and keeps our attorneys sharp and focused on the end goal.
What Types of Compensation Can I Claim?
During your FREE CASE EVALUATION, your PA accident attorney will discuss with you the types of compensation that may be available to you.
Compensation claims are based on the facts of your case and injuries. Some of the forms of compensation that you may be entitled t include:
- Medical Expenses Present and Future to Treat Your Injuries
- Lost Wages and Benefits
- Lost Earning Capacity
- Cost of Services
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Personal Goods
- Pain and Suffering and Emotional Duress
Additional forms of compensation may be available to you based on the accident. For an exact list of compensation, you are entitled to for your losses speak with your Pennsylvania personal injury attorney. Only an attorney can give you an accurate answer to this question.
Statute of Limitations
All personal injury cases must abide by the Statute of Limitations. This means that you have a limited amount of time to file a claim for compensation for your injuries. If you exceed this limited time period, you will lose your right to make a claim for compensation.
The government has enacted the Statute of Limitations to protect all parties involved in a case. Over time, memories fade or change; the evidence is misplaced or lost; witnesses move or pass away.
The only way to ensure a fair case for all parties is to limit the time it takes to bring it before the court.
Consult With A Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney About Your Injury Case
You have been injured, and everything in your life has become chaotic. You have so many medical appointments that you find it hard to keep track. You have been out of work and not getting paid but the bills keep coming. You feel overwhelmed and frustrated.
You do not have to deal with all of this chaos alone. Eliminate much of the stress related to your accident by consulting with an attorney. Hiring a lawyer to manage the legal aspects of your case can eliminate much of the frustration you are experiencing and allow you to concentrate on the healing process.
There is NO OBLIGATION to speak with an attorney. Take advantage of the FREE CASE EVALUATION and let an attorney explain to you how they can help you get a fair settlement from the party responsible for your injuries and suffering.
Time is always important. The longer you wait to speak with an attorney, the higher the risk you may miss the deadline and be unable to file your claim. There is no time like now, schedule your FREE CONSULTATION with a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer today.